Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during
the free consultation?
This free consultation is an opportunity for you to share briefly about why you are seeking counseling and ask any questions that will help you decide if we are a good fit!
What can I expect from the therapeutic process?
The outcome of therapy relies on many factors, including your willingness to engage in the process which at times may be uncomfortable and challenging. I always say feeling squishy is a sign you are growing. Being open enough to work on yourself, to remember traumatic events, to be vulnerable, and be willing to change can often bring an intense range of emotions.
Counseling is a living breathing relationship, and I cannot guarantee specific outcomes to your experience. My goal however, is always to support you, to actively listen to your fears and successes. To help you find new meanings in old stories, and navigate your way forward.
How long does therapy last?
The frequency and duration of counseling always varies based on a client’s goals . As a person-centered therapist, I trust that you know your own needs best, so typically you as the client, decide the frequency of sessions. I may at some point revisit your counseling goals with you, and check in around how often you feel the need for support.
For my work with children and preteens under 13 there will be collaboration with parent/guardian and possibly with teachers, school counselors and/or psychologists to decided what amount of counseling is best for their current needs. Frequency is revisited as the client changes and grows.
How do I know what my counseling goals are?
Counseling goals are created through intentional questions, focused activities, and other more free flowing exploration in the first few sessions. Once counseling goals are outlined I will check in periodically to hear how you feel progress toward those goals are going. I am also open to feedback on how I can support you in different or new ways.
Counseling goals for children/preteens under 13 will also included collaboration and periodic check ins with parent/guardian.
Do you accept insurance?
I am currently unable to accept insurance, therefor am considered a private pay provider. Clients who choose to work with me typically submit a superbill to their insurance company for reimbursement. Please call your insurance company to find out what your out-of-network mental health benefits are. Some questions you may want to ask:
Does my plan reimburse for services provided by associate-level therapists?
Does my policy include outpatient mental health benefits? If yes, is telehealth also included in my benefits?
Am I required to pay an out-of-network deductible? If yes, how much is the deductible, and how much of the deductible has been met?
Am I required to have a prior authorization or referral from a primary care provider?
What percentage of out-of-network cost will be reimbursed to me?
How do I submit a claim for reimbursement?
How long do I have to submit a claim?
*Please take note I will be working toward becoming an in-network provider for main insurers. Thanks for your patience with the process.
What is a Superbill?
A Superbill is a receipt for a session with an out-of-network counselor allowing the client to submit to their health insurance. A Superbill may be requested by a client of a mental health professional when the client pays out-of-pocket for the qualified medical expense. Reimbursement will be determined by the individual healthcare policy at the time the claim is received.
A Superbill is a statement of service(s) from a provider. The statement reflects the date(s) of service (DOS), the service code or CPT code, the diagnosis code(s) and the billed amount from the rendering provider, along with their credentials.
For more information about how to seek reimbursement from insurance with a superbill, click here.
What is a Good Faith Estimate (GFE)?
Starting January 1, 2022, as part of the No Surprises Act (NSA), health care practitioners are required to provide a Good Faith Estimate to clients/patients that choose not to use health insurance benefits to pay for health care services, or are self-pay. The purpose of the GFE is to help those seeking services to know and understand their out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Clients of Flow Through Counseling will receive a GFE at the start of services in their client portal account and may request one at any time during the course of treatment.
For more information about client rights related to the Good Faith Estimate, refer to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services document found here.
What is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy?
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term goal-focused evidence-based therapeutic approach, which incorporates positive psychology principles and practices, and which helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than focusing on problems. In the most basic sense, SFBT is a hope friendly, positive emotion eliciting, future-oriented vehicle for formulating, motivating, achieving, and sustaining desired behavioral change.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a classic talk therapy technique that helps increase awareness of negative thinking in order to better handle challenging situations. In addition to helping those with mental health disorders (such as anxiety or depression), CBT is also helpful for anyone who is looking to learn how to manage stressful situations. CBT is frequently paired with other treatments, such as medication, when necessary.
What does Twice Exceptional mean?
Some children are highly gifted in areas such as math, writing or music. Then there are those with challenges that affect learning: they could have ADHD, dyslexia or dyscalculia, or perhaps they’re autistic or have sensory processing differences. But there are also kids who fit both categories. They’re called twice-exceptional, or 2e, which means that they are gifted in some way but they also face learning or developmental challenges in other ways.